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Top 4 emergency room errors

Although urgent care physicians serve many of the patients who might otherwise have gone to the hospital, emergency departments still see plenty of traffic. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are over 130 million visits to emergency rooms in the United States annually. Ideally, each of these patients would receive appropriate and effective care, but it is an unfortunate fact that ERs are common sites for medical errors and malpractice. There are several issues that are more common than others, but these four are the most likely ones a patient would encounter when visiting an emergency room in the US. 

We can help victims of misdiagnosis

In last week's post, we discussed how Illinois patients always have the right to seek a second opinion from another physician. This right is especially important when symptoms suggest a serious condition. Illinois doctors have an obligation to act in accordance with the accepted standards of care in their area of specialty when they diagnose conditions. Doctors are not required to be accurate 100 percent of the time. They are, however, expected to meet the standard of competence prevailing among other practitioners in their field. Unfortunately, sometimes doctors make the wrong diagnosis, or do not make the correct diagnosis in time.

What is "strict liability" in defective product cases?

Some of our Naperville readers may have heard the phrase "strict liability" in the context of court cases involving allegedly dangerous products. Particularly for someone who has been injured by a dangerous or defective product, it is important to understand exactly what "strict liability" does and does not entail.

The degree of care a property owner owes the public

A recent post on this blog discussed the fact that owners of land, including owners of homes and businesses, have a duty under Illinois law to protect those who come onto their property from any hazards that might be present there. For example, a failure to remove ice and snow from the entrance to a business could lead to a serious injury, and the business owner has the obligation to act reasonably to prevent that sort of injury from happening.

Getting full recovery for motorcycle accident victims

Previous posts on this blog have discussed uninsured and underinsured motorists coverage in Illinois. In this post we will talk about how an attorney can be helpful to someone who needs to make an uninsured or underinsured motorist claim in order to get full compensation after a serious motorcycle accident.

Illinois does not distinguish between "licensees" and "invitees"

Traditionally, someone who owned or occupied real property in Illinois owed a different duty of care to a person who came on to the property, depending on whether the person was an "invitee," a "licensee" or a "trespasser." In general, an invitee was a person, such as a business customer, who was invited onto the premises and brought some benefit to the landowner. A licensee was someone, such as a social guest, who had permission to be on the property, but brought no material benefit to the landowner. A trespasser, of course, was someone who did not have permission to be on the property at all. Under the common law, landowners owed the highest duty of care to invitees, a lesser duty to licensees, and virtually no duty to trespassers.

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